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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

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Past Exhibitions

Alice Bolam Preston

IN THE Central Gallery

A Genteel Tradition: The Art of Alice Bolam Preston

The Carle is pleased to announce an exhibition of the work of Alice Bolam Preston (1888-1958) taken from the museum’s holdings which are the generous gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel. The exhibition will be on view in the central gallery from December 16, 2014 through May 3, 2015. Preston was an illustrator, designer, and craftsperson who lived in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. She was especially known for children's book illustration and worked primarily for Houghton Mifflin in the teens and twenties—at the end of what is often considered the “golden age” of illustration. Among the books she illustrated were Adventures in Mother Goose Land (1920), Peggy in Her Blue Frock (1921), The Little Man with One Shoe (1921), Humpty Dumpty House (1921), The Valley of Color Days (1924), and Whistle for Good Fortune (1940). Her work reflects a strong interest in fairies and resonates with some of the premier British artists working at the time, including Henry Ford, Harry Clarke, Charles Robinson, and Jessie Marion King; closer to home, she worked in the orbit of Jessie Willcox Smith. Preston also did occasional magazine cover illustration for House Beautiful between 1925 and 1958.

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Illustration © Alice Bolam Preston. Collection of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel.
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